Bathing your dog helps eliminate parasites, dirt, dust, hair and dead skin that often causes itching. The frequency of these baths will be just as variable as the breed of the dog and his way of life. The hygiene requirement of a long-haired animal that lives in close cohabitation with its owners, will not be the same as that of a short-haired dog living further out of the habitat.
You can choose to entrust this very regularly to a groomer, but we can also wash your companion from time to time to make a moment of complicity and strengthen the social link with him.
The idea is to initiate early his puppy bath, from the age of 2 to 3 months. This “first” must be done with maximum care so that the little animal does not live anything unpleasant and is not afraid/restive later to repeat the experience.
Thus early on we can organize to have a pleasant dog and cooperative for all care (bathing and brushing) or on the contrary a dog who wants to escape by all means to what he lived as aversive. Forcing him then engages some people in a sports grooming fight, certainly sometimes comical, but sometimes less funny when the dog comes to grunt,
But why do dogs hate having a bath? For the good health of the dog, a careful care of his coat is essential. Beyond regular brushing, the bath is just as necessary to the hygiene of the animal as to his entourage.
Here are some tips on how to properly bath your dogs:
- Before bathing, be sure to brush the dog well, so that, when in contact with water, the knots (if there are any) do not tighten further.
- Make the choice of the right shampoo in relation to the type of hair (hard, long or short). Using any washing product ( the type of shampoo for adult human or baby) would be a serious mistake. The PH of the dog’s skin is not the equivalent of ours and requires a suitable shampoo, to preserve the integrity of the specific skin properties of the animal.
- Before wetting the dog, we take the opportunity to gently clean the inside of the flag of his ears with an ear lotion and perhaps (depending on the breed) to epilate the same flag (the hair pulls easily with the fingers).
- Cleaning of the eye is also important, especially for dogs with streaming eyes. Cleansing eye lotions, or compress and saline solution, avoid unsightly spots on the corners of the eyes and accumulated secretions that can lead to an affection of this sensitive organ.
We slowly start by wetting the ends of the legs for a first contact with the water, then we continue by wetting the back, the flanks, and we finish with the head, it must be held back to avoid flooding the water. eyes and ears. And do not hesitate to talk to your puppy or dog, to wrap it in the tone of a soothing speech.
When the whole body of the dog is well moistened, spread the shampoo previously diluted with warm water. We then do a little massage, because it is actually the moment to make the shampoo penetrate all over the body, in a gesture very smooth and complicity. An abundant rinsing is then necessary so that no trace of shampoo remains.
Then comes the time to wrap the dog in a large towel to wring well in the direction of the hair, without much friction. It is to absorb a maximum of water and to avoid any cooling that a second towel is sometimes useful.
It remains to pass the dryer, being careful not to adjust it warm so as not to hurt the animal, which then legitimately fear these sessions on the one hand, and no longer see his hair push back on the other hand!
The dog placed at a good height (for the little ones) it can be brushed while drying, in order to obtain a perfect disentangling. Brush the long hairs while drying them from the root to the tip (the dryer at a good distance!) In the back to smooth and inflate the curly hairs, when a simple quick drying will be enough for short hairs.